Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have the following:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject. Applicants should have a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or above in Mathematics and English Language, prior to submitting their application.

Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check.

For programmes which begin after April 2020, applicants are no longer required to undertake the professional skills tests in English and Maths but there remains a requirement for trainee teachers to demonstrate competency in the use of English and Maths in a professional context.  Northumbria students will be supported in developing these skills over the course of their programme and their competency assessed before recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Please Note: we do not accept deferred applications for this programme.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualification compares to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country in which you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit

Modules and Learning

The course has two main components: school-based placements in two contrasting schools and an arranged timetable of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials enrichment days, studio days and project days.

You will also get the opportunity to customise project briefs, co-design enrichment opportunities and address art, craft and design subject knowledge and skills gaps, additionally you will undertake a short primary placement and a longer placement that includes post 16 education to explore the transition stages.

You will be assessed using a variety of strategies including written assignments, presentations and reflective professional portfolios. You will  also undergo in-school assessment of your professional conduct and the planning and teaching of lessons. This assessment enables you to have the maximum impact on pupil progress and demonstrate that you meet the requirements to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aligned to the Teachers’ Standards and the Core Content Framework.